Norwegian painter Edvard Munch paints a self-portrait on a beach in Germany, in 1907. Photograph: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard’s postmodern literary style is in thrall to the Dionysian art of chaos. His six-volume book My Struggle stylistic(...)

 John Boyne: “I chose to write Sam and Jessica’s story as a deliberately imperfect one in order for me to highlight the mistakes people make and how important empathy is.” Photograph: Alan Betson

John Boyne’s publisher Puffin has said it is proud to be publishing his novel about a transgender teen, after the book was dismissed as “transphobic” (...)

David Brooks: America needs to resist the growth of tribalism – what he calls ‘a bad attempt to create community’

You can tell the sort of guy David Brooks is from his Twitter feed. A polite comment about women’s sport being better to watch than men’s is condemned(...)

Anne O'Neill: I was 50 on my last birthday. Photograph: Ciara O'Donnell

Last summer I had my 50th birthday. Fifty, which Victor Hugo called the youth of old age and is, according to George Orwell, the age at which everyone(...)

Stuff, it’s just stuff, but revealing stuff. Photograph: iStock

For three years, the French writer Thomas Clerc cloistered himself in his 50sq m Parisian apartment, compiling an annotation of his possessions, inclu(...)

There’s a lot more to discover in Edinburgh than the castle and festivals. Photograph: Getty Images
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People pay their respects in front of dozens of coffins containing remains of more than 600 victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. File photograph: Themistocles Hakizimana/Reuters

Between 2001 and 2015, sales of translated fiction grew by 96 per cent. One reason, argues Daniel Hahn, who last year established a prize for first tr(...)

Jean Philippe Toussaint: ‘Football, while we are watching it, holds us radically at a distance from death’

A text from a friend: “Did you see Özil’s goal last night?” Arsenal were playing the Bulgarian champions Ludogorets, and the German had scored the win(...)

Henry Marsh and Igor Kurilets: ‘I liked Kurilets immediately  . . . he was the only doctor I met on my first visit who seemed able to admit openly that the medical situation in Ukraine – at least in neurosurgery – was dire. The Soviet Union had excelled at producing guns and rockets but failed miserably at producing decent healthcare,’ says Marsh.

There is borsch and then there is Ukrainian borsch – but the borsch I had just been served was something else. It was Yelena’s borsch. I was sitting i(...)

Sunday Morning: Bring your provisions for a picnic at the newly spiffed-up Dolores Park, where an $8 million renovation made over the northern half of the park with new tennis courts; six acres of fresh, grassy splendor; and expanded restrooms. What hasn’t changed: the diverse crush of humanity, and the vistas of the San Francisco skyline. Photograph: The New York Times
Weekend in ... San Francisco
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  • November 21, 2015, 05:00

Don’t blink or you’ll miss the next “new” San Francisco. This is a city that’s reinventing itself with every refresh of your Twitter feed, with cra(...)

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